Mar/Apr 2006
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Vegas • Mar/Apr 2006

Pick up your latest issue of Cigar Aficionado and get your comprehensive guide to the latest and greatest in Las Vegas including the best in entertainment, accommodations, cigars and dining, plus the behind-the-scenes players who make it all happen. Also, savor a fresh-tasting Davidoff 4000 from 1989, read a Q&A with La Aurora salesman extraordinaire Jose Blanco, hear the inside stuff on Cuban cigars from the chief and read about what it's like to take a beating from Soprano's star Frank Vincent. 

Features

Remembering the Worlds Greatest Gambler

Remembering the Worlds Greatest Gambler

Kerry Packer was a larger-than-life gambler, a mogul who signed $1 million markers as if they were checks to Con Ed. He gambled for the kinds of stakes that kick-started the …

Smoking on the Strip

Smoking on the Strip

It's impossible to travel to Las Vegas and not think about premium cigars. The desert boomtown is a cigar mecca and, like playing the tables or dining at a fine restaurant, …

Raising the Stakes

Raising the Stakes

This past New Year's Eve, Caesars Palace heralded the opening of its $12 million, 14,500-square-foot poker spread-complete with a dozen LeRoy Neiman paintings on the walls and 25 …

Casinos Royale

Casinos Royale

Cruise down the Las Vegas Strip, and the street full of casinos seems like a giant humidor loaded with the world's greatest cigars: everything is so delectable and enticing that …

Nightlife: All Night Long

Nightlife: All Night Long

Robert Frey stands on a glassed-in catwalk at Pure, a nightclub in the Caesars Palace casino on the Las Vegas Strip, and surveys the controlled tumult below. Frey, 41, is short, …

TaylorMade Rescue Dual

TaylorMade Rescue Dual

If, as golf dogma attests, only God and Jack Nicklaus can hit a 1-iron, it follows that the 2-, 3- and 4-irons are only suited for angels and saints. Beatification not being a …

The Capital of Cuisine

The Capital of Cuisine

Six steaks in one night is probably overdoing it, even in a place that encourages excessive consumption like Las Vegas. My friend and I ate a filet mignon, New York strip and rib …

Living in the Dream

Living in the Dream

The Las Ramblas development currently exists as a claustrophobic sales office up an outdoor stairway on a nondescript stretch of Las Vegas's Convention Center Drive. Its black-and…

The Greatest Greens

The Greatest Greens

The recent history of Las Vegas is divided into two eras: Before Steve Wynn and After Steve Wynn. The history of Sin City's golf follows the same Wynn chronology: Before Shadow …

World Class Phones

World Class Phones

An ordinary cell phone just doesn't deliver the communication security blanket I need anymore when venturing out into the cold, cruel world. I'm not the type who blathers away …

Cigars

Cuba's New Cigar Chief

Cuba's New Cigar Chief

The Spanish co-head of Habanos tries to strike the right balance between tradition and modernization

A Conversation with José Blanco

A Conversation with José Blanco

The gregarious sales director for La Aurora speaks about the cigar industry.

Killing Time with Frank Vincent

Killing Time with Frank Vincent

The Sopranos' actor has a knack for portraying wiseguys who clip—and get clipped.

Ratings from this Issue

93
points

Aurora Preferidos Robusto

Issue Date: April 1, 2006
Aurora Preferidos Robusto
93
points

Cuaba Distinguidos

Issue Date: April 1, 2006
Cuaba Distinguidos
91
points

Padrón 6000

Issue Date: April 1, 2006
Padrón 6000
91
points

Carlos Toraño Exodus 1959 Double Corona

Issue Date: April 1, 2006
Carlos Toraño Exodus 1959 Double Corona

Up Front

Why Vegas?

Why Vegas?

We don't devote the magazine to a single topic very often. We once covered London comprehensively; that made sense, because it is a man's town. But why Vegas? It's pretty …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, Today I purchased my first copy of Cigar Aficionado-because Emeril Lagasse was on the cover-even though I've been enjoying cigars for nearly two years. I just …

The Good Life

SIM2 C3X Grand Cinema

SIM2 C3X Grand Cinema

Remember the first time you saw a large-screen projection television? A huge box with three lenses (one for each color shade) sat on the floor and cast its image onto a weird …

Loro Piana Storm System

Loro Piana Storm System

Consider the windbreaker—a perfectly utilitarian piece of menswear, perfect for those breezy spring days when the thermometer doesn't read cold, but the windchill factor suggests …

Parrot Cay — Turks and Caicos

Parrot Cay — Turks and Caicos

So you think you deserve a dream vacation. Peace and quiet. Privacy. Waves flowing gently from the Caribbean Sea onto a magnificent, sandy, pure white, reef-protected beach. Food …

Zippo Cargo Case by OtterBox

Zippo Cargo Case by OtterBox

At the airport's security checkpoint, you watch in horror as the poorly informed passenger in front of you is forced to plunk his high-end lighter into a plastic bucket with all …

Better Bacon

Better Bacon

Bacon is the ultimate comfort food and the only thing better than waking up to the smell of it in the skillet is its fatty, greasy, delicious taste. Yet, for health reasons, you …

Carl F. Bucherer Patravi Travel Tec CMT

Carl F. Bucherer Patravi Travel Tec CMT

Carl F. Bucherer's first influx of watches into the United States came in 1945-on the wrists of American GIs returning from the Second World War with the Swiss timepieces-but it …

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Expect the surge that Aston Martin has ridden in recent years-rolling out a series of compelling products and posting a profit for the first time-to continue its swell as the …

Go Climb a Tree

Go Climb a Tree

You climbed trees as a lad, but the last time you even came close to doing it was to cut a dead limb or to rescue the kids' kite. Do you remember the fun and the fear of climbing …

Classic Malts Distillers Edition

Classic Malts Distillers Edition

For fans of the The Classic Malts Selection, a range of malt whiskies that neatly represents the breadth of the Scottish distilling regions, there's been a lot of tasting to do …